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The Argus Tells 'em

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"Perbaps the Argus wil] be kind enough to teil its readers whwein there has been anjthinji in the administration of Gov. Ricli tliat has not been in and for the best interests of the people of this state. We should have the Argus point to one deed of Gov. Kich that bas not been honest. patriotic and for the best interests of the state. If it can not, then would it not be well for it to stop slinging mud?"- Courier. Hold on, neighbor; by what right or benefit do you interpret "republicans of Michigan" to mean Gov. Rich alone? The Argus did not suppose that even the Courier would admit that the machine denominated g. o. p. was wholly a one man party. But so it seems. However, it must require an overflowing gall to desígnate as "mud slinging" a very gentle allusion to the greatest scandal and disgrace Michigan has ever known, the crowning shame of the Rich administraron. The Argus said nothing about Gov. Rich; but since the Courier has rushed in to defend him for his honesty and faithful discharge of every public duty, the Argus is disposed to quote for the benefit of the Courier the following from that high republican authority, J. M. Turner, in regard to Rich's neglect of official duty in the matter of the amendment frauds: "Each eounty clerk sent certifletl copies of the returns to the governor. It was the duty of the governor to compute these returns and see to it that they were compared with the other returns. The governor was recreant to bis duty. He allowed the returns to kick around in his office for nine months, until he heard from democratie sources of the f rand, and then he made the compilations of the returns which he ought to have made many months earlier. He was too busy laying wires for this convention to do his duty, and when he did get his skates on he used the chance to pull down the others to build himself up. He brought disgrace and shame upon honest men that he might pose as an honest man. He fired out honest John G. Berry, who was fighting the battles of the nation and winning promotion at Gettysburg while he was feeding a buil calí down on the farm Dear Elba. I say let us fight this thing out as men and republicans." "The incidents by the Argus," says the Courier, "belong to no one political party. The democrats were as deep in the mud as the republicans were in the mire." Incidents! Well now that is gentle indeed, to so desígnate a fraud which extended over nearly a third of the counties of the state and befouled the constitution of the state itself. Then the assertion that the democrats were as deep in the iniquity as the republicans, shows the inability of the Courier to view any issue, involving the honor of the party whose collar it wears, with clear visión. Three high republican functionaries were removed from office tor gross neglect of duty and not a single democrat and yet democrats are as bad as the republicans. Even considering the indicted populist attorney-general as a democrat, as the Courier evidently intends to do, the republicans have to their credit three times as many rascáis as the democrats and this no doubt is a fair proportionate showing of the rascáis in the two parties. Honest voters should and will note this fact.


Ann Arbor Argus
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